"Big Don"


My brother gave me my first spinning rod when I was 10 years old.  Up until then, I had only used cane poles.  Then he taught me how to tie hair jigs. Fishing as I knew it changed forever!


Donald R. Hansen, 72, died Sunday, October 11, 2009, at his home. He was born July 29, 1937, in Kenosha to the late Harry M. and Louise (Bielewicz) Hansen. 

Don was educated in local schools and served in the United States Army with the 503rd Engineer Company as a Construction Machine Operator and was honorably discharged on July 25, 1957.   He then worked for American Motors in the drop forge, retiring in the 1980ís. 

He is survived by his children, Donald, David and Rae Ann, all of Onalaska, Wisconsin; his brothers, Carl J. (Harriet) Widmar, Jr. of Friendship, WI, Dennis J. (Mary) Widmar, Thomas H. Hansen; and his sisters, Marlene (Howard) Schmaling, Barbara J. (Hansen) Gordon, and Toni Marie Widmar, all of Kenosha.

He was preceded in death by his father Harry M. Hansen in 1950, his step-father Carl J. Widmar, Sr. in 1979, his mother Louise Widmar in 2008 and his sister Jane (Hansen) Marinelli in 1995.